I’ve written before about the importance of preparing for a tarot session. It’s important to do the lead-in work for ANY process or gathering. Yesterday, our mastermind circle met to listen to what each member needed to say about hir business/work and to offer helpful suggestions to one another.
The night before, I sat down with my journal to write about successes I had had since our previous meeting, my goals for the current gathering, and any requests I had for the group. This helped me to notice a theme around what had been working well in my work over the past month. Becoming conscious of this theme assisted in the sculpting of specific goals for the time in between our current meeting and our next one. Having clear goals and themes gave my circlemates a firm grounding in what type of feedback would be of value to me.
In addition, I created a visual component in the centre of the low table around which we gather. In a beautiful pewter bowl, I placed a bunch of serviettes that are printed to look like $100 bills. Around this, I placed a book with an image of the Milky Way galaxy and a picture of a group of people engaged in heartfelt council. This visual centre reminded us during the gathering that we serve the greater Cosmos/Life, we do so in a state of council mind and clear communication, and that it’s OK to earn good money in the process of doing that.
Part of preparing can also be dealing with our inner “ca-ca” before it deals with us. Half-way through my pre-gathering journalling session, I began to write a rant — gimme this, gimme that, what’s the use, f***k that, and so forth. Realising that I was in “yuck mode”, I then wrote the words, “Pause to re-centre”, and went for a long walk. When I came back home, I wrote my favourite affirmation for my business several times while visualising the tarot image that corresponds with it, concluding with the words, “This is true. Blessed Be!”
Our meeting on Monday flowed swimmingly. By doing the shadow work beforehand — ranting, bitching, complaining, worrying, etc. — on the pages of my journal, I ensured that I didn’t carry this highly charged energy into our circle, thereby saving us from a potentially damaging interaction. I even read the journal entry aloud to begin my portion of circle time and mentally envisioned the words going to the centre (neutral space that holds our best intention) so that I was clear before speaking all of my successes since we last met and my postitive goals for the upcoming month. It provided a good laugh in the group and made us all aware that we carry “stuff” with which we need to cope. If we do the prep work, we keep our interactions and intentions clean. I also didn’t waste my own or anyone else’s time, because of my focused goals.
What’s YOUR favourite way to prepare for an intentional process? Please teach us, dear friend.